Park outside: Kia recalls nearly 380K vehicles for fire risk

Kia Engine Fire Recall
Posted at 4:51 PM, Mar 09, 2021

DETROIT (AP) — Kia is telling owners of nearly 380,000 vehicles in the U.S. to park them outdoors due to the risk of an engine compartment fire.

The Korean automaker is recalling certain 2017 through 2021 Sportage SUVs and 2017 through 2019 Cadenza sedans to fix the problem.

The company says a short circuit in the electronic brake control unit can cause excessive current, increasing the risk of a fire.

Owners should also park them away from structures until repairs are done.

The company says the recalled vehicles are not equipped with Kia's Smart Cruise Control system.

Owners could see dashboard warning lights or smell a burning odor before the problem happens.

Owners will be notified starting April 30.

Dealers will replace fuses in the electrical junction box.

More than 6 million Hyundais and Kias have been impacted by engine failure and fire problems since 2015, according to NHTSA documents, The Associated Press reported.